Monday, December 7, 2015

Book Blast, Giveaway & Review: Fooling Around With Cinderella

Fooling Around With Cinderella 

(Storybook Valley #1)
By: Stacy Juba
Published By: Thunder Horse Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2015
Page Count: 212
Source: Review copy courtesy of Tasty Book Tours
Audience: Romance

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Jaine has fond memories of family trips to Storybook Valley, a fairy tale based theme park in the Catskills. When she finds herself out of a job, she sends her CV to the managing director, proposing a new role as marketing manager to increase the park's falling attendance. Dylan Callahan, the park manager, is impressed and wants to give her a shot, but his parents and grandparents aren't exactly fond of change. In the meantime, they need a Cinderella for the summer. Dylan promises Jaine the marketing role, if she'll fill in as Cinderella.

Jaine spends the summer juggling tasks from her unappreciative twin sisters and her two jobs at the  theme park. Being Cinderella might seem like a dream job, but Jaine's high school nemesis also works at the park and isn't going to make her life easy. Dylan might turn out to be her Prince Charming, but if his bad boy reputation turns out to be true, she might get her heart broken.

Fooling Around With Cinderella is a really sweet romance novel with a cast of great supporting characters that I look forward to reading about in future books in the series. 

It would have been easy to let this sink into a cliched retelling of Cinderella, but that doesn't happen. Although there are recognisable elements (demanding and ungrateful sisters, step mother taking her father away) this is original and engaging.

If you enjoy clean adult romance with a happily ever after, then do give this a go.


What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella's toes?

When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom.

First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

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Dylan scrutinized Jaine, arms folded across his royal blue shirt with the Storybook Valley logo stamped over the left in white block letters. “Do you wear contacts?”

“I have plenty of media contacts. Wait. Did you say wear contacts? You mean instead of these?” Jaine fingered the earpiece of her gold-rimmed glasses.

“Right. Contact lenses.”

She gave a nervous chuckle. “I scheduled a consultation in college, but was too squeamish to insert the lens. I was more comfortable in glasses.”

Was she really justifying her vision enhancement choices to her prospective new boss? Maybe he intended to discuss medical benefits. Or did he think she looked nerdy? What was the saying? Guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses? Not that she wanted him to make a pass even if he was hot.

“How blind are you without glasses?” Dylan persisted.

“You wouldn’t want to drive with me.”

“How about if you’re walking around a building? Are you in danger of hurting yourself?”

This interview had taken the Mad Hatter Freeway from Fairy Tale Land into Wonderland where nothing made a damn bit of sense. Did this guy have a glasses fetish, like those weirdoes with shoe fetishes?

“I should be okay. I take them off for special occasions.” In fact, Jaine’s older sister Bree, who was getting married in August, remarked just last week, “You are losing the glasses for my wedding pictures, right?”

What the hell. She’d be a good sport and hope Dylan would be so grateful to pick the brain of a real, flesh and blood, bespectacled person that he would appoint her marketing director. Jaine removed her glasses and the fine details of her surroundings fuzzed. She nodded toward the framed print hanging on a side wall, the picture a wash of symbols and colors. “I can tell that’s a park map, but the words and images smear together.”

And that was myopia in a nutshell. Jaine adjusted her glasses back into place so she could see his reaction. Dylan examined her with such intensity that a blush stained her cheeks. She patted her blonde French braid, in case stray strands were straggling out.

“Here’s the situation,” Dylan said. “I took over the general manager position a few months ago. I’m evaluating possible changes and researching how other theme parks run. My grandfather and father have worked with a marketing firm for years to create our brochures, billboards, print, and radio ads.”

Jaine’s shoulders caved, imperceptible to him, but it felt as if her whole body was sinking.

No fairy tale job ending for her.

Stacy Juba is giving away two charm bracelets across all of the book blast stops. This giveaway is not associated with or administered by Reading Lark. Please see the conditions of entry and Tasty Tours site for full details. 

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. 

When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.


  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review at such a busy time of year. It's much appreciated. Happy Holidays!

  2. Aww! What a wonderful giveaway and sweet premise for a romance novel. While I love fairytale retellings and spins, I wish I could say I was more into romance!


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